On February 10, 1986, as part of it’s fund raising marathon, KPFA dedicated an entire day of programming to the music of Frank Zappa, including this four hour long segment, during which Zappa joined Charles Amirkhanian, live in the studio to talk about his work and his fight against censorship, as well as to take part in an hour long panel discussion on gang violence and its relationship to rock music and Satanism. Although much of the time is taken up with pleas for money, Zappa manages to insert his brand of sardonic humor into all the activities, be it personally promising donors will go to heaven, or urging the police to investigate the crimes committed by born-again Christians. The give and take with KPFA listeners during a call-in period following the panel discussions is not to be missed. Zappa also reveals a few nuggets of trivia including the origin of those crazy conversations found in the classic Mothers of Invention album, “Lumpy Gravy” and the meaning of the Chinese Kanji characters on the “Zoot Allures” album cover.
Run time 240 min
December 21, 2010
Zappa promises heaven for money
This is priceless stuff but you need a sense of humor and some intelligence to appreciate it.
Ending with a Satanic expert so dumb that the part
where LaVey said he was an atheist seems to have
passed without understanding because the desire to
have a real devil worshipper exist fills a need for
the fundy nutjobs.
We also find Hollings, who wound up with a faceful
of egg when he presented a document written by an
industry lobbyist as his own work on an oversight
committee being lobbied by the same document originator.
All this and a bit of Thingfish too...GRIN